Police & Community Relations Team
The Hood River Police Department’s Police & Community Relations Team is an informal group of local citizens who provide input to the Chief of Police on local issues. Members must either live inside Hood River city limits, or own or operate a business within the city limits. The group meets once per month to discuss agenda items from the Chief and items from panel members.
To get involved, complete the application found here or call the Hood River Police Department business office at 541-387-5256. Drop off or send applications to HRPD at 207 Second St, Hood River OR 97031.
The Hood River Police Department’s Police & Community Relations Team is an informal group having monthly meetings. It is advisory only with no oversight authority. It should broadly represent the community with members from different neighborhoods, different business districts, and other community representatives. Members must either be residents of, or owners or managers of businesses in, the City of Hood River.
The Police & Community Relations Team is an open and objective forum offering guidance to, and collaboration with, the Hood River Police Department in its effort to effectively deliver services in a manner that is responsive to the community.
The mission of the Police & Community Relations Team is to positively interact with the Chief of Police to offer community perspective on Hood River Police Department’s delivery of services.
The Police & Community Relations Team will:
Offer and discuss specific concerns facing neighborhoods, businesses, or the community;
Discuss ways the Hood River Police Department can overcome or manage various operational challenges;
Help the Hood River Police Department prioritize its service delivery;
Help mobilize the community in solving community problems as they relate to law enforcement.
1. Don Benton arrived in Hood River in June of 1991, having just retired after 26 years of active duty with the Navy/Marine Corps Team. He was trained in the Medical field as a Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman, and Combat Corpsman with the United States Marine Corps. Attending The George Washington University for Clinical Health Sciences, and numerous other educational platforms; both in the military, and at civilian institutionsof higher education.
Don has extensive experience, and training in personnel management, youth mentoring,and nonprofit governance, on the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and Advisory Councils, of numerous nonprofit originizations, both here in Hood River, and Portland.
One of Don's passions is Community Support, and helping the City of Hood River continue to be the great, safe place, it is to live, and work today, and far into the future.
2. My nameis Patricia Acosta. I was born and raised in Hood River. I graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 2004. I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon in 2008. Go Ducks! I earned my BA in Spanish and in International Studies and a minor in Latin American Studies. I also hold a certificate in Substance Abuse Prevention. After graduating from the U of O I traveled to Puerto Rico and I attended the University of Puerto Rico. I completed my graduate studies at Western Oregon University and graduated in June 2011 with a Master of Arts in Teaching and was granted a teaching license. I am currently a substitute teacher for Hood River County School District and for North Wasco County School District #21 and I am an ESOL Instructor at Columbia Gorge Community College.
I am proud to have the opportunity to be involved with the Hood River Police Department and the City of Hood River by being a member of the Police and Community Relations Team. The team first formed in 2007 and I joined because I have always had a sense of involvement with my community. The Police and Community Relations Team is a great way to express my voice and the voice of the community to continue to make this communitya great place. By being a member I am able to represent the community and express common concern and public input as well as provide consistent and effective responsiveness to the concerns of the community and provide support in public safety within the Police Department.
3.Lorie Chester-Rea has lived in Hood River since 2000. She joined the citizens' group hoping to be a link between vital public servants and the community. Lorre is the secretary at Riverside Community Church, married and the mother of two sons. She enjoys being a SMART reader at May Street School, andhas been an earnest if unremarkable performer in local theater productions.